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Hilal Isler

Writer. Editor.

Twin Cities. Turkish Roots.

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Hilal Isler’s writing has appeared in the Paris Review, the Brooklyn Review, New York, the LA Review of Books online, & in McSweeney’s.

She's been awarded residency at Yaddo & MacDowell, & was named a Roxane Gay writing fellow by the Jack Jones Literary Arts Association. She is a 2022 Periplus fellow, under the mentorship of author Dina Nayeri.

Hilal's work has been recognized & funded by the Jerome Foundation, & the National Endowment for the Arts. She reads for the literary journal Ploughshares. Her doctorate is from the University of Pennsylvania, & she is founding editor of the Hennepin Review.

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Recent fiction

something for nothing / wildness / winter, 2019, issue 25

nominated: pen/robert j. dau short story prize , 2021

khadijah number two / mcsweeney's / august, 2022, issue 67

a rare & wonderful man / brooklyn review / april, 2021

scorpion / baltimore review / august, 2022

*nominated: best small fictions, 2022

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eartha kitt in istanbul / paris review online / october, 2018

on naguib mahfouz / la review of books online/ november, 2019

kismet / the believer / october, 2020

other writing

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boxing in riyadh / new york magazine, the cut / january, 2020

*featured in "one great story," new york’s reading recommendation newsletter.

on september 11 / new moons anthology / red hen press / november, 2021

knit vest; ahmet mithat efendi; the sitting room//

the happy reader: penguin books international, literary supplement/summer, 2021

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awards & fellowships



Pen/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers (nominee)


  • Roxane Gay/Jack Jones Literary Association Fellow
  • MacDowell Fellow


Loft Literary Center Fellow, via the Jerome Foundation & the National Endowment for the Arts


Hennepin Review

  • I'm the founding editor of an online arts journal that publishes — exclusively!— the work of women &nonbinary creatives of color. Check us out!

Scholastic Young Writers Awards

  • I'm one of the judges for the state of Minnesota. Learn more about the awards, here.



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